Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Employee Only Truckers Wanted in L.A., not Long Beach

Despite the threat of imminent legal action by the American Trucking Association and other trucking interests, the Los Angeles Harbor Commission has approved the Teamster proposal requiring all drivers who service the Port to be employees rather than owner-operators.

The approved plan also envisions setting up a licensing structure so that only companies with concessions will be allow to send their drivers in and out of the port area.

Long Beach was originally in step with L.A. It approved the concession aspect of the proposal, but chose instead not to approve requiring employee status for all drivers. The sentiment expressed was Long Beach would rather clean up the environment than spend money litigating the program which only puts off its benefits.

For more details about L.A.'s plan, see http://www.portoflosangeles.org/Board/2008/March/032008_item12_trans1.pdf

Details about Long Beach's efforts can be found at: http://www.polb.com/environment/air_quality/cleantrucks.asp

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